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Roxie Theater: Bixa Travesty
January 11 @ 9:10 pm - 11:10 pm
One event on January 14, 2019 at 7:00pm
A documentary that follows Mc Linn Da Quebrada, a black trans woman, performer and activist living in impoverished São Paulo. Her electrifying performances (with plenty of nudity) brazenly take on Brazil’s hetero-normative machismo. Co-helmed by Claudia Priscilla and Kiko Goifman, BIXA TRAVESTY turns on black transwoman Linn da Quebrada who is known for her electro-pop concerts in chainmail and black netting costumes, punctuated by lots of twerking.
“Aided by exorbitant costumes, her performances are onslaughts of electro against Brazil’s white heteronormative gender order and the machismo of the country’s funk scene. Private moments reveal her gentler side: as she showers with friends or cooks with her mother the talk turns to love, racism and poverty. Archive footage in the shape of home videos shows her in intimate performances at a hospital during her own cancer treatment. We begin to realize that Linn uses radical nudity as a means to undermine accepted gender roles. This documentary also shows her in dramatized radio interviews in which she powerfully espouses her convictions about feminism and her transsexuality: not for Linn the role of a cis woman; she’d rather be a woman with a penis whose gender identity is not bound by her genitalia but is in a permanent state of flux.” Berlinale.
Directed by Claudia Priscilla, Kiko Goifman. Includes Linn da Quebrada, Jup do Bairro, Liniker As Bahias e a Cozinha Mineira. 75 minutes. 2018.